Familiar Faces Ahead as Seven States Across Country Vote in Primary Races

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  • Voters in California, Iowa, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, New Jersey and Mississippi cast ballots Tuesday that'll set the stage for this fall's midterm elections.
  • In California, the country's most-populated state, voters picked candidates for governor and Senate, as well as 52 House seats. In San Francisco, the district attorney got ousted in a recall race. In Los Angeles, voters narrowed it down to developer Rick Caruso and Representative Karen Bass for mayor.
  • Iowa will hold its first-ever all-female governor's race between incumbent Kim Reynolds and Democratic challenger Deidre DeJear after Tuesday's results. Retired Navy Admiral Mike Franken aims to unseat six-term incumbent Republican Senator Chuck Grassley.
  • New Jersey resoundingly supported its incumbent Democratic representatives. The state will also see a rematch between Democrat Tom Malinowski and Republican Thomas Kean Jr. for a Senate seat.
  • Donald Trump's former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had a narrow lead in a race to reenter Congress in Montana's Republican primary Tuesday evening.
Primary Elections June 2022
"I Voted" stickers are seen on a table during the Midterm Primary Election Day at Engine Company No. 2 Firehouse on June 07, 2022 in Hoboken, New Jersey. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

South Dakota's GOP House Member Wins Over 'America First' Challenger

South Dakota's at-large Representative Dusty Johnson, who voted for creating a commission to investigate the January 6 attack, has fended off a primary challenge.

The Associated Press projected Johnson, currently in his second term, to win the primary race over state Rep. Taffy Howard.

Johnson was among 35 Republicans who supported creating an independent commission to investigate the January 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, where a mob of Donald Trump supporters sacked the building and delayed certification of the 2020 election. Johnson also voted against impeaching Trump.

Howard, a self-described "America First" candidate, challenged Johnson on grounds he wasn't conservative enough for the state.

However, the most-recent ballot count from the secretary of state's office had Johnson ahead with 60 percent of the vote.

Zinke Has Narrow Lead in Bid to Return to Congress

Ryan Zinke, a former Trump cabinet official, has a slim lead in the Republican primary for the state's newly created House district.

An hour after polls closed in Montana, Zinke was ahead in initial counts with 42 percent, roughly 400 votes ahead of Albert Olszewski, a surgeon and former state legislator.

Previously, Zinke served from 2015 to 2017 in Montana's at-large congressional district before being tapped by then-President Donald Trump to be Interior secretary. However, he resigned shortly after amid multiple investigations.

On the Democratic side, Missoula attorney Monica Tranel was leading with 61 percent of the vote.

Polls Have Closed in California

The 8 p.m. Pacific time deadline for California voters to cast an in-person or mail-in ballot has passed.

Among the more high-profile races include the recall of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, as well as the Los Angeles mayoral race that pits billionaire developer Rick Caruso against Representative Karen Bass.

Voters in the nation's most-populated state will pick who Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom will face in the fall. Also on the ballot is primary election for a special election where Senator Alex Padilla is running for a full six-year term. Padilla was previously picked to fill out the remainder of Kamala Harris' term after she was elected vice president.

Additionally, voters will cast ballots in primary elections for 52 House seats (the state lost a seat after redistricting).

Retired Navy Admiral Mike Franken to Face Chuck Grassley

Mike Franken has won the Democratic nomination for Senate in Iowa and will face off with Chuck Grassley, the state's six-term incumbent Republican who easily clenched his primary.

The Associated Press projected Franken to win the race over two other Democrats. Initial counts Tuesday evening had Franken ahead with nearly 57 percent of the vote.

A former aid to Senator Ted Kennedy, Franken has held various positions in Washington D.C. and retired from the U.S. Navy as a three-star admiral in 2017. He beat Abby Finkenauer, who previously represented Iowa's 1st District between 2019 and 2021.

Iowa to Have First-Ever All-Female Race for Gov

Both major parties in Iowa have nominated female candidates for governor, setting up the state's first gubernatorial race to be dominated by women.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds won the Republican primary unopposed Tuesday evening. Previously elected as the state's lieutenant governor, Reynolds became the state's first female governor in 2017 following the resignation of Governor Terry Branstad who resigned to serve as U.S. ambassador to China.

On the Democratic side, Deidre DeJear also won her primary unopposed. A small business owner and activist, DeJear previously ran unsuccessfully for secretary of state.

Mark Ronchetti Wins New Mexico Republican Primary for Governor

Former television meteorologist Mark Ronchetti has won the New Mexico Republican nomination for governor.

The Associated Press called the race shortly after polls closed in New Mexico.

Ronchetti, who has never held political office, beat four other Republicans in the primary, likely benefiting from his name recognition from working as a meteorologist at television stations in Albuquerque. The early vote count had him at 64 percent of the vote.

Ronchetti will face off with Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, who won her primary unopposed.

Kean Wins Republican Primary in New Jersey

Thomas Kean Jr. has won his Republican primary race and will have a rematch with Democrat Tom Malinowski for the swing seat.

CNN called the Republican primary for Kean, a former legislative leader and son of son of a former governor. Malinowski was earlier projected to easily win his race.

Malinowski barely held on to his seat in 2020 election. Now, Kean could prevail with his family name recognition and the negative political environment expected for Democrats this fall.

New Jersey Dem Incumbents Coasting Through Primaries

Democratic voters in New Jersey threw their support behind their current congressional House representatives, who all were projected to win their primaries on Tuesday.

Representative Tom Malinowski was easily winning his primary race to represent a seat he was narrowly reelected to in 2020 and is closely watched this time around, CNN projects.

Elsewhere, The Associated Press projects that Representative Donald Norcross has won the Democratic primary race for a House district that includes Camden and the suburbs of Philadelphia. Democrat Andy Kim has also won the primary for his central New Jersey House seat.

Five other incumbent Democrats won their seats with no primary challenge.

CNN projects Representative Donald M. Payne, Jr. will easily win his primary against a challenger. Rob Menenez Jr., son of Senator Robert Menendez, was also winning his primary for an open House seat. Additionally, newcomer Matthew Jenkins won the Democratic primary unopposed for his seat.

Mississippi Secretary of State Blames Low Turnout on Voter Distrust

Mississippi's top election official said apathy and concerns over election integrity are among the reasons for what's expected to be low turnout in the state's primary.

"There's a lot of things going on in the country," Secretary of State Michael Watson told the press Tuesday evening, according to The Clarion-Ledger. "People don't have a lot of trust in government. Coming on the heels of 2020, some people have a doubt whether their vote counts."

Following his 2020 reelection loss, former President Donald Trump has insisted the vote was tainted by widespread fraud, a claim rejected by courts and auditors across the country in addition to members of his administration.

Watson said he's tried to reassure Mississippi voters that elections are secure in the state. While Watson didn't give a target number for turnout, the paper reported that a poll workers hoped to get 10 percent of the precincts' registered voters to show up by the time polls closed.

Watson also chalked up low turnout to the primary being held in June, when voters may have other things on their minds.

"A lot of folks are just getting out of school and headed out on vacations," he said in an interview with Y'all Politics. "Matter of fact, if you look at the absentee numbers, comparing them to two years ago, our absentees right now are probably less than half of what we saw just two years ago."

Polls Close in Mississippi and New Jersey

The chance for voters in Mississippi and New Jersey to cast ballots in their state's respective primaries has come and gone.

In New Jersey, polls closed at 8 p.m. ET, and at 7 p.m. CT in Mississippi.

On the ballot in Mississippi are primary races for the state's four congressional seats. Representative Bennie Thompson, the state's lone congressional Democrat who chairs the January 6 committee, will face a primary challenger.

In New Jersey, primary elections will be held for a dozen House seats. That includes the closely watched 7th District race, where former New Jersey State Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. will seek the Republican nomination for a rematch with Democratic Representative Tom Malinowski.

California Governor Candidate Makes Late Plea to Vote

Republican candidate for governor Shawn Collins posted a video to Twitter appealing to voters to cast their ballot with just hours left before polls close.

"Folks, you know, the only thing worse than bad governance is apathy towards bad governance," Collins said in the video, citing reports of low turnout so far in California's primary election.

Collins reminded California voters that they have until 8 p.m. Tuesday to cast an in-person ballot. Mail-in ballots can still be counted as long as they're post marked by Election Day and received by June 14.

The conservative attorney is vying to make it past the primary election to take on Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom this fall.

In the video, Collins sought to tap into consumer frustration over rising inflation, telling voters who disregard the election not to complain about increased prices for food, gas and housing.

"Let's go," he said. "We're better than that, California."

Chesa Boudin Campaigns Down to the Wire Before Election Night Party

After some last-minute campaigning to keep his job, embattled San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin is planning to hold his election night party at a bayside restaurant.

"Tonight! Join us at 8PM to celebrate all our hard work!" Boudin wrote in a Tweet Tuesday afternoon. "But for now, there are just 8 hours left to GET OUT THE VOTE!"

San Francisco voters have until 8 p.m. local time to cast vote-by-mail or in-person ballots that'll determine if the progressive prosecutor will lose his job in the nationally watched recall election.

Boudin said in his tweet that as polls close Tuesday, he'll head to The Ramp, a San Francisco restaurant overlooking the bay, for his election night party.

Earlier on Tuesday Boudin was out on the streets trying to convince voters to vote against the recall, telling a local TV station he was confident he'd prevail.

The Iowa Democrats Hoping to Unseat Chuck Grassley

Three Democrats in Iowa are running in Tuesday's primary election in the hope of having an opportunity to directly challenge Republican Senator Chuck Grassley this fall. Grassley is currently serving his seventh term in office an announced his intent to run for re-election last September.

These are the Democrats listed on Tuesday's ballot:

Abby Finkenauer

Abby Finkenauer is a former member of Congress who represented Iowa's 1st District between 2019 and 2021. She and Rep. Cynthia Axne were the first women Iowa voters elected to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Finkenauer says on her campaign website that she is running for office "to bring true public service and hard work back to Iowa's Senate seat so that the people of Iowa have a real champion – a fighter for working families – in Washington."

Michael Franken

Michael Franken is a retired member of the U.S. Navy who previously worked as part of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Franken's campaign website says he is running "to take on corporate special interests, make Iowa a leader in creating good jobs in clean and renewable energy, and make healthcare more affordable."

Glenn Hurst

Glenn Hurst has worked as a family physician and is a former city councilman. He also served as the Iowa Democratic Party's Rural Caucus Chair.

Hurst says on his campaign website that he is running to encourage support in the U.S. Senate for Medicare for all, against climate change and for jobs and other investments in rural communities.

Iowa Democrat Sued by Trump Running for State Office

Joel Miller, a Democrat running to become Iowa's next secretary of state, was once sued by former President Donald Trump.

Joel Miller was one of Iowa's county auditors at the time of the 2020 presidential election, when he encouraged mail-in voting. On Miller's campaign website, his candidate biography says his support for mail-in voting predated the 2020 election because he viewed it as a way "to cut election costs and to spur voter participation."

Miller's candidate biography notes that mail-in voting "became an especially partisan issue" in 2020.

"In the midst of late-changing state rules, Miller found himself along with two other county auditors in Iowa sued by the Donald Trump presidential campaign over their interpretation of the new rules," Miller's biography says. It notes a judge backed the Trump presidential campaign in the dispute.

Miller is one of two Democrats running to unseat Iowa's incumbent secretary of state, Republican Paul Pate.

In a Tuesday afternoon tweet, Miller said if he is elected, he will "lobby Iowa legislature to make election days holidays."

"We need public school buildings for polling places ... and we need school kids to take a day off," he wrote.

Why Alex Padilla Is on California Ballot Twice

California Senator Alex Padilla's name is listed twice on California's primary election ballot, stirring confusion among some of the state's voters.

After President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris won the 2020 presidential election, California Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Padilla, then serving as California's secretary of state, to fill Harris' vacant Senate seat. Padilla's appointment is why his name appears twice on this year's ballot.

Padilla's name appears once as a candidate for the partial Senate term to which he was appointed, which ends in January 2023. If he is elected to complete the term, he will hold office until that time, if not longer.

Padilla is also running for a full six-year Senate term, which starts next January. If he wins both races, he will continue serving in the Senate after the fall election and will begin his first full term in office early next year.

On Tuesday, Padilla reminded his social media followers why his name appears two times on the ballot.

"A final reminder that I'm on the ballot twice today, for the partial term & the full Senate term," Padilla wrote.

Caitlyn Jenner Backs Recall of Chesa Boudin

Caitlyn Jenner voiced support for the recall election targeting San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin during a Tuesday appearance on Fox News.

Jenner, a Fox News contributor who also ran as a Republican in California's gubernatorial recall election last year, told host Martha MacCallum she is "hoping" that Boudin loses the recall and that the election "sets a precedent" for the rest of the United States.

"We need to get rid of these people who are very soft on crime throughout the year," Jenner said. She went on to say Boudin, a Democrat, was "really to blame" for crime, drug and homelessness issues in San Francisco.

"I hope, at the end of the day, we set the precedent of Boudin gone from government," Jenner said.

Chesa Boudin Makes Last-Minute Pitch to Voters

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin met with residents on city streets Tuesday as voters decide if he will keep his job.

Boudin was seen encouraging undecided voters to support him and vote against the recall effort, according to KRON-TV. Boudin is facing a recall effort that qualified for a ballot last November.

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San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin tries to distribute election information fliers to potential voters outside of the Castro Street MUNI station on June 7, 2022 in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

One of the station's reporters caught up with Boudin in San Francisco's Castro District, where Boudin could be seen talking with voters and waving at vehicles that honked in support of signs held by his supporters.

"The recall is a massive gamble with public safety," Boudin told the station. "We have no idea who or what would replace me. We don't know what policies they'll pursue, we don't know what track record they have. It will destabilize our district attorney's office at a time when our city desperately needs the steady hand of leadership. And that's exactly what I'm prepared to continue to do: Fighting for San Francisco, fighting for safety."

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San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin looks on as he waits to greet potential voters outside of the Castro Street MUNI station on June 7, 2022 in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Boudin later added that he was "feeling super confident" when asked what he would tell people who are undecided on the recall effort.

"Don't roll the dice with public safety," Boudin answered during an interview with KRON-TV.

Recent polling has indicated the recall election will be a tough one for the progressive district attorney, who was elected to his current role by a narrow margin in 2019. Crime has become a focal point for the recall, with many critics saying Boudin's criminal justice reform policies have led to recent surges in crime. Boudin's supporters have said he is following through with policies voters previously supported.

If more than half of voters decide to remove him from office, San Francisco Mayor London Breed will appoint a temporary replacement until voters next have the chance to choose who will fill the position.

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San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin greets potential voters outside of the Castro Street MUNI station on June 7, 2022 in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

TV Meteorologist Among Top GOP Candidates in New Mexico

Five candidates are battling for the Governor nomination in New Mexico.

The winner will take on Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democratic incumbent seeking her second term. Lujan Grisham was the state's secretary of health and served three terms in the U.S. House before she was elected governor.

Top candidates include former television meteorologist Mark Ronchetti and State Representative Rebecca Dow.

Ronchetti, a local celebrity, lost a bid for U.S. Senate in 2020 by six percentage points to Democrat Ben Ray Luján.

Sandoval County Commissioner Jay Block, investment adviser Gregory Zanetti and anti-abortion activist Ethel Maharg round out the remaining contenders.

The winning Republican candidate will likely attack Lujan Grisham's COVID-19 response. Block has blasted the state-wide lockdowns as "unconstitutional."

Other key issues in this primary include gun rights, abortion access, low employment rate and low school performance, according to the Associated Press.

Former President Donald Trump has not lent an endorsement to this race. He lost New Mexico by 11 percentage points in 2020 and made several failed challenges to the election results.

There were about 122,000 absentee and early voting ballots cast as of Monday, about nine percent of registered voters in the state.

Registered Republicans had the highest rate of participation at about 17 percent of registered voters, versus nearly 12 percent among Democrats, according to AP.

New Mexico has same-day registration provision that allow unaffiliated voters to participate if they register with a major party. The state has a closed primary that only allows people to vote if they are registered with a major party.

When Polls Close in Each State

There are key elections taking place in seven states across the U.S. Tuesday.

Here's when polls close tonight:

New Jersey: 8 p.m. Eastern Time

Mississippi: 7 p.m. Central Time

Iowa: 8 p.m. Central Time

New Mexico: 7 p.m. Mountain Time

South Dakota: Either 7 p.m. Mountain Time or 8 p.m. Central Time (The state is split between the Central and Mountain time zones)

Montana: 8 p.m. Mountain Time

California: 8 p.m. Pacific Time

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A sign is posted outside of a polling station at San Francisco City Hall on June 07, 2022 in San Francisco. California. California voters are heading to the polls for the state's primary election. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

California Sets New Gas Price Record on Election Day

Gas prices reached a new record in California Tuesday as voters head to the polls.

Drivers in California are paying an average of $6.37 per gallon as of Tuesday, a new record. The national average gas price also reached a new record high of $4.92 per gallon on Tuesday.

Record-high gas prices and decades-high inflation have become popular focal points ahead of the midterm elections this fall. Speaking with Fox News on Tuesday, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel spoke about the surge in gas prices and inflation at large, saying, "the best way to fix it is elect Republicans."

California GOP Chairwoman Jessica Millan Patterson reminded voters of high gas prices in a tweet on Monday.

"It's been 89 days since [Newsom] promised relief at the gas pump.... we're still waiting," Patterson said.

California exceeded a statewide average of $6 per gallon for the first time last month, and prices have continued rising. Americans have seen a rapid rise in gas prices since Russia's invasion of Ukraine began in late February. California's higher gas taxes and emission regulations mean California often has higher gas prices than the rest of the U.S.

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Gas prices over $6.00 per gallon are displayed at a gas station on May 18, 2022 in Petaluma, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

California County Sends Incorrect Spanish Voter Guide

A county in California sent out a Spanish-language voter guide with "several errors" a month ahead of Tuesday's primary election.

The Sonoma County Registrar of Voters Office said Friday, June 3 that it discovered "several errors" in one of the Spanish-language pages in the county voter information guide.

They said several piece of text on the "VOTE SEGURO con su Boleta de Voto por Correo" page were erroneously carried over from the April 12 Special Election and "therefore do not reflect the proper information for the upcoming June Primary Election."

Specifically, the pages refer to voters in the Town of Windsor instead of voters in Sonoma County and directs voters to return their Vote by Mail ballot by April 12 instead of by June 7.

The English version of the voter guide does not contain any mistakes and is printed correctly.

The errors in the Spanish version were a result of a miscommunication in printing, according to Wendy Hudson, the chief deputy registrar of voters at the Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor's Office.

"The Registrar of Voters Office sincerely apologizes for these mistakes and any confusion they may have caused voters," the statement said.

Low Early Voter Turnout in California

About 14 percent of California's registered voters returned their ballots early ahead of the state's primary election on Tuesday, according to state data gathered by Political Data Intelligence.

More than 26.9 million Californians are eligible to vote, according to California Secretary of State Shirley Weber's office. As of late May, about 81.5 percent of those individuals—more than 21.9 million—were registered to vote.

The number marks "the highest percentage of Californians registered heading into a Gubernatorial Primary in 68 years," according to Weber's office.

Though the state had record-high numbers of voters heading into the primary election, fewer than one in five ballots had been returned by Monday. The early return data raised concerns among some political experts that the state could record its lowest voter turnout rate in years, though others suggested California's new policy for sending mail-in ballots to all registered voters could result in a late surge of returned ballots.

Despite the low percentage of ballots returned early this primary season, experts with Political Data pointed out on Sunday that a greater number of voters had already participated in this year's primary when the raw data is compared with that from California's 2018 primary election.

During the last primary election in 2020, state data shows 46.89 percent of voters participated in the election, a number California slightly exceeded in 2016 with 47.72 percent of voters participating. The lowest voter turnout percentage from a primary election in recent years occurred in 2014, when just over 25 percent of voters cast ballots.

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A poll worker wears a vest adorned with the word "vote" in multiple languages at a polling station at San Francisco City Hall on June 7, 2022 in San Francisco. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Tom Kean Jr. Looks for Rematch in New Jersey's 7th District

A dozen House seats are on the ballot across New Jersey Tuesday, but the 7th Congressional District has become of one the state's most-watched races.

Former New Jersey State Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. is the frontrunner among the group of Republican candidates looking to take on incumbent Democratic Representative Tom Malinowski.

Kean lost to Malinowski in the 2020 election in a close match, but is hoping to flip the district in the fall.

In addition to a massive fundraising advantage, Kean is hoping his family name can provide clout among voters. Ken is the son of former Republican Governor Tom Kean Sr.

Kean's main opponents are Pro-Trump evangelical pastor Phil Rizzo, State Assemblyman Erik Peterson, Fredon Township Mayor John Flora, businessman John Henry Iseman, builder Kevin Dorlon and Navy veteran Sterling Schwab.

Malinowski is facing challenge from Roger Bacon, a vocal critic of President Joe Biden.

Former Trump Cabinet Member Vies for New Montana District

One of former President Donald Trump's Cabinet members is re-running for office in Montana.

Ryan Zinke, former U.S. Interior Secretary, is running for the seat in the newly-created House district.

Zinke is a former Navy SEAL and served as a a Montana State Senator from 2009 to 2013 and was elected as to the U.S. Congress in 2014. He was re-elected in 2016 but resigned shortly after to work in Trump's Cabinet.

He is running for a new seat in Montana's 1st Congressional district, but many see him as the de-facto incumbent. This is the first time the state will have two House seats to reflect Montana's growing population.

Trump has endorsed the first-term incumbent Representative Matt Rosendale in the 2nd district.

Zinke's opponents are focusing on his scandal-ridden tenure at the agency, during which was the subject of multiple ethics investigations. He is also under scrutiny from Republicans on whether he was supportive enough of Trump's effort to expand the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Zinke will face off against four other candidates in today's primary, including former state Senator Albert Olszewski.

What Happens If Chesa Boudin Is Recalled

If Democrat Chesa Boudin is recalled from office, San Francisco Mayor London Breed will choose who will serve as the city's district attorney until voters select a replacement this fall.

If the recall effort fails, Boudin will continue with his first term in office, which is set to end in 2024.

More than half of voters must cast their ballots in favor of ousting Boudin in order for the recall to be successful. If this happens, Boudin will be removed once officials certify the election results, after which Breed will appoint a temporary replacement. The person Breed chooses will serve at least until the midterm election this fall.

Voters in San Francisco will also be voting Tuesday on a separate proposition that sets out to redefine the timelines of recall elections. If a majority of voters support these timeline changes, an individual appointed to fill a vacant position would not be allowed to run for that seat in the election following their appointment.

"This rule would apply to all recalls, including the recall of the current District Attorney," according to San Francisco's voter guide.

The recall election targeting Boudin qualified for the ballot last November. The petition came amid a wave of recall efforts targeting elected officials in California over the last couple of years, the most notable of which resulted in last fall's failed recall of Governor Gavin Newsom. There was a successful recall effort in San Francisco earlier this year, which resulted in the removal of three school board members.

Recent polling has indicated Boudin is facing a tough race to keep his seat, with many Democrats split on whether they want to keep him in office. Boudin won his initial run for office in 2019 by a slim margin, winning the seat by about 1.6 percent.

SF Rise in Crime Linked to Chesa Boudin Recall Effort

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin will be removed from office if Tuesday's recall election is successful.

Boudin, a Democrat, was first elected to his position in 2019 as a progressive targeting criminal justice reform. He campaigned, in part, on the ideas of keeping low-level offenders from behind bars and helping juvenile offenders avoid longer sentences. Shortly after taking office, Boudin eliminated cash bail in what his office describes as "the most progressive bail policy in the nation."

Boudin took office in early 2020, right before the U.S. began battling the COVID-19 pandemic. The violent crime spike seen in many parts of the country also hit San Francisco, where voters grew increasingly frustrated with Boudin's criminal justice reform strategies.

While the San Francisco Democratic Party is backing Boudin in the recall, his time in office has been divisive for Democrats in the city, many of whom do support removing Boudin from office.

Boudin's critics have argued his policies sent San Francisco spiraling as residents worried about rising crime.

Boudin's supporters have said he remains focused on the policies he campaigned upon and point to the overall rise in crime the U.S. has seen throughout the pandemic.

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San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin looks on during a news conference on May 10, 2022 in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

California GOP Backs Valadao Over Pro-Trump Candidate

The impeachment of former President Donald Trump is proving to be a major factor in a California Congressional primary race.

Republican Representative David Valadao is facing a challenge from Republican Chris Mathys for California's 22nd District. Mathys is a former Fresno City Councilman.

Valadao was one of the 10 Republicans who supported Trump's 2021 impeachment following the January 6 Capitol riots.

He is a more moderate Republican who won in a district President Joe Biden won by 13 points in 2020. Valadao also has the endorsement from the California GOP.

The Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican group aligned with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, has also endorsed and funded Valadao.

His challenger, Mathys, is an ardent Trump supporter who labels himself as a "true conservative." He has made Valadao's impeachment vote the center of his campaign, although Trump himself has not given an endorsement in this race.

The winner of this primary is likely to face five-term Assemblyman Rudy Salas, a moderate Democrat.

The House Majority PAC, a Democratic group tied to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, sponsored a television advertisement promoting Mathys over Valadao. It appears Democrats would rather have Salas face off against more polarizing candidate.

If Mathys wins, GOP leaders fear it may cost Republican seats in a largely blue district.

Newsom Back on Ballot After Recall Attempt

California Governor Gavin Newsom is again asking voters to back him in a statewide gubernatorial race about nine months after defeating a recall effort.

Newsom, who was elected to his first term in 2018, became the state's second governor in history to face a recall election. The Democrat received support from several high-profile members of his party ahead of the recall election last fall, with President Joe Biden traveling to California days before the election to attend a Newsom campaign rally.

Newsom is now running for re-election. Twenty-five other candidates are on the ballot, including the California GOP-endorsed candidate Brian Dahle, who currently serves in the California State Senate.

Though several candidates are running to unseat Newsom, recent polling indicates the Democrat's chances of winning the primary are strong, with one voter survey conducted by the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley finding about 50 percent of likely voters supported Newsom while only 10 percent supported Dahle.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom attends the Berggruen Prize Gala at Berggruen Hearst Estate on May 4, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. David Livingston/Getty Images

Caruso Earns Support from Hollywood's Most Influential Stars

Billionaire developer Rick Caruso has received a wave of celebrity endorsements in his bid for Los Angeles mayor.

Kim Kardashian, Snoop Dogg and Gwyneth Paltrow are among the many celebrities who have endorsed the public figure and former Republican.

Paltrow is Caruso's long-time friend and Brentwood neighbor. She made an official endorsement video that Caruso tweeted out.

"L.A. is experiencing a tough time right now and we really need a leader who can come in and has the strength to solve some really tough problems," she said of Caruso in the clip.

Kim Kardashian took to her Instagram story, that reaches 316 million people, to show her support for Caruso.

"I recently met with Rick Caruso, who is running for mayor in Los Angeles, and I don't typically endorse anyone in politics," she said. "When it comes to my hometown and there's people that can really make a difference, I think that he really can help with the crime in our city, which is such a big issue."

She said tackling homelessness was a major issue, saying she believes Caruso can "offer a better path to a better life for people that are homeless in California and Los Angeles."

"I really believe in what he stands for, and I was super inspired by him and I really believe in him," she added, urging her followers to vote for him.

Kardashian's mother, Kris Jenner, also showed her support for Caruso.

Rapper Snoop Dogg said Caruso has his support. Snoop told KTTV that he wants a mayor who is not about talking about it, but must "be about it."

He highlighted Caruso's support for local Watts activist "Sweet Alice" Harris.

Both singer Katy Perry and Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted out support for Caruso.

"Los Angeles is fortunate to have someone like Rick Caruso running for mayor," Musk said. "He's awesome."

Caruso also scored the endorsement from Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos.

Caruso, Bass Battle for Los Angeles Mayor

Two candidates have pulled away with the lead in the Los Angeles Mayoral race.

The first is billionaire developer and former Republican Rick Caruso. The other is Congresswoman Karen Bass. Both are battling with seven other candidates to replace Mayor Eric Garcetti in November.

According to a pro-Bass political action committee (PAC) conducted in May, Caruso had a narrow lead when potential voters were asked to decide between the full field of candidates. About 37 percent chose the billionaire and 35 percent chose Bass.

But when asked to choose between just Bass and Caruso, Bass took a 48 percent to 39 percent lead, with 13 percent still undecided.

If the polls from this PAC are accurate, neither Bass nor Caruso will be able to get the required 50 percent of the votes to win the race outright, meaning the election may yet advance into a runoff.

Another poll from the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies, co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, conducted between March 29 and April 4 gave Caruso a narrow lead over Bass.

L.A. Mayor Race
In this combination image, Rick Caruso’s (L( Chances of Beating Karen Bass (R) in L.A. Mayor Race. Getty

Caruso has spent tens of millions of his own money on his campaign, pushing out television and digital advertising since February.

He also polled well with Latino voters, a key LA demographic, according to a BSP Research poll, conducted between April 20-May 3 on behalf on the NALEO Educational Fund.

Caruso is also making the homelessness crisis a key fixture of his campaign.

"Even here on the heavily Democratic westside of L.A., there's frustration that the city has not grappled with the homeless situation," Garry South, a longtime California Democratic consultant, told Axios. "It's pretty dire. Every underpass is occupied. There are tents in every park. You can't walk down the sidewalk."